Omaha is one of those midwest destinations that you will find yourself sharing with others. We love so many things about this city, as there’s literally something new around every corner. It’s fairly large, with more than 900,00 people in the metro area, yet it manages to give visitors a warm welcome. There’s something to be said about the friendly people that call the midwest home. History enthusiasts will appreciate how Omaha has kept history alive, through several museums and art galleries.
Food enthusiasts will not be disappointed when it comes to experiencing a wide variety of culinary experiences. Animal lovers will enjoy an award winning zoo and more.Enthusiasts with many interests will find themselves planning a return visit, soon after arriving for their first visit.
Did you know that Omaha is known for steak? Omaha Steaks is proud of the rich history, that includes Omaha. The next time you sink your teeth into a mouth-watering Omaha Steak, take the time to appreciate all the work that went into building a company in Omaha. The people of Omaha are proud of their heritage and the companies that have helped put them on the map.
We love the fact that Omaha is home to many unique neighborhoods that are walkable. Being able to enjoy the outdoors is an amenity that many appreciate in today’s focus on wellness. Omaha offers a nice variety of places to experience nature and even stand in two states at the same time! There are not many places in the country where that is possible.
Architectural enthusiasts will also find designs that are sure to set their creative juices in motion. Take a stroll through the Old Market area and you will quickly find that Omaha is a community that embraces architectural experiences. The restaurants and shops will entice you to spend a few hours in this area of Omaha.
Have you experienced all that Omaha has to offer? We have put together a helpful guide, featuring the Top 10 Things To Do In Omaha. Your first visit will be enjoyable, as you take in the top things to do in this bustling community.
I recently went to a historical re-enactment at a former military fort near my hometown, and I surprised myself. I really enjoyed it! And so did my children – even though they were too young to grasp timelines or significance of things mentioned. It didn’t matter. The theatrical and sometimes hands-on nature of a re-enactment was fascinating enough.
I’ve been on the lookout for similar experiences since then. Lucky for me, there are several Midwest travel writers who’ve sought the same thing.
Here are 12 historical re-enactment experiences you can find in the Midwest:
- Living History Farms (Urbandale, Iowa) – Three farms demonstrate different eras of farming on the plains, with costumed characters, animals and interactive opportunities elevating the experience. There’s also an 1880s town to explore. Don’t miss the blacksmith! The visit to the Living History Farms was part of my Great Iowa Road Trip, which you can read about here. The Walking Tourists also wrote the farms here.
- Old Cowtown (Wichita, Kan.) – Old Cowtown is an outdoor living history museum in Wichita, Kan. The Walking Tourists take readers on a tour, exploring the 23 acres and more than 50 buildings on site. They visited the museum twice, sharing pictures from a holiday event depicting celebrations in the Victorian era.
- Wolcott Mill Metropark (Ray, Mich.) – Midwest Guest visited Wolcott Mill Metropark in Michigan’s Macomb County to watch and photograph living history enthusiasts recreating part of the Siege of Petersburg. Every year, Wolcott Mills Civil War Days event focuses on a specific Civil War battle to recreate.
- The Henry Ford (Dearborn, Mich.) – Midwest Guest also happens to be a member of the National Historic Landmark The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, and has written about it several times. In this post, she explores the outdoor campus of Greenfield Village. Some of the fun touring options there include a ride on open-air railroad cars drawn by a vintage steam locomotive or riding in a chauffeur-driven restored Model T car. There’s even a vintage carousel for children to ride. In a separate post, she wrote about the War of 1812 Muster that took place there.
- Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (Preston, Minn.) – Thrifty Minnesota recently explored Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, where they checked out Historic Forestville, a living history “town” with actors in period costume. Forestville is modeled off a pioneer town in the mid-1850s.
- Shoal Creek Living History Museum (Kansas City, Missouri) – You can visit Shoal Creek Living History Museum anytime for FREE, but if you plan your trip well, you can go when there are actors re-enacting life in 19th century Missouri. We toured the grounds early summer when there weren’t any actors on hand, and it was still a beautiful place to explore (be sure to check out the bison).
- Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (Fort Calhoun, Nebraska) – Life at Fort Atkinson in the 1820s comes to life on the first weekend of the month from May to October (plus a special holiday event). Costumed characters talk about life on the battlefield, in the kitchen and on the prairie. Highlights include a fun Q&A scavenger hunt for kids and cannon fire.
- Indian Cave State Park living history cabins (Shubert, Nebraska) – One of Nebraska’s prettiest state parks has a small living history area where you can interact with various makers, including a soap maker, blacksmith, candle maker and broom maker. The Indian Cave State Park living history cabins are open Memorial Day through October on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Heritage Village (Cincinnati, Ohio) – Adventure Mom Blog wrote about catching a Civil War re-enactment at Heritage Village inside Sharon Woods Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. There was cannon fire, men on horseback, and gun battles fought by men in authentic period costumes.
- Sauder Village (Archbold, Ohio) – Midwest Guest visited the living history museum, Sauder Village, in Archbold, Ohio. The 80-acre non-profit is Ohio’s largest living history destination and even has a kid-sized area for little ones to explore.
- Canal Experience (Providence, Ohio) – In Providence, Ohio, travelers can see what it’s like to take a canal boat ride in Ohio in 1876. Midwest Guest wrote about the Canal Experience and was entertained with the crew who stayed in character the entire time. The tour lasts about 40 minutes.
Kim is the woman behind Oh My! Omaha, a travel blog celebrating fun things to do in Omaha and beyond. Her work has appeared in Omaha Magazine, Old Market Encounter and Omaha Home.